Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2009

Kazuyo Sejima12 July 2009 - 18 October 2009

Serpentine Galleries

Serpentine Galleries
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Serpentine Gallery Pavilions: Annual Architectural Commissions and Public Programmes

The 2009 Pavilion resembled a reflective cloud or a floating pool of water, sitting atop a series of delicate columns. The aluminium roof structure varied in height, from wrapping itself around the trees in the park and reaching up towards the sky to sweeping down almost to the ground in various places. Open and ephemeral in structure, its reflective materials made it sit seamlessly within the natural environment, reflecting both the park and sky around it. The architects said: ‘The Pavilion is floating aluminium, drifting freely between the trees like smoke. The reflective canopy undulates across the site, expanding the park and sky.’


  • Title: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2009
  • Creator: Kazuyo Sejima, Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA
  • Date Created: 12 July 2009 - 18 October 2009
  • Serpentine Gallery Poetry Marathon, 17 - 18 October 2009: The Serpentine Gallery Poetry Marathon, the fourth in the Serpentine's acclaimed series of Marathon events, was an ambitious two-day poetry event featuring unique performances from leading poets, writers, artists, philosophers, scholars and musicians. An international group of major figures were brought together to perform in the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2009, designed by architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of the acclaimed Japanese practice SANAA. The event included performances of new work, collaborations, discussions and experiments. The Poetry Marathon included contributions from Vito Acconci, Etel Adnan, Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag, Caroline Bergvall, Kenneth G. Bostock with Pablo León de la Barra and Cibelle, Boulevard Magenta/Enrique Juncosa, Stuart Brisley, Eleanor Bron, Nathan Cash Davidson, Keren Cytter with Andrew Kerton, Charlie Dark, Tacita Dean, Jimmie Durham, Dominic Eichler, Tracey Emin, Brian Eno with Karl Hyde, Mark van Eyck, James Fenton, Olivier Garbay, Gilbert & George, John Giorno, Édouard Glissant, Kenneth Goldsmith, Eugen Gomringer, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Alasdair Gray, Tim Griffin, Richard Hell, Geoffrey Hill, Sue Hubbard (presented by Susan Hiller), Karl Holmqvist, Michael Horovitz, Ranjit Hoskote, Joan Jonas, Scott King with George Shaw, August Kleinzahler, Nick Laird, Sean Landers, Monika Lichtenfeld, Liliane Lijn, Sara MacKillop, Tom McCarthy with Henry Blofeld, Jonas Mekas with Edward Eke, Maria Mirabal, Eileen Myles, Daljit Nagra, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Philippe Parreno, Don Paterson, Holly Pester, Olivia Plender with Craig Burnett, Jeremy Reed with Itchy Ear, David Robilliard read by the Robilliards (Leo D. Burley and Rose Turner), Jacques Roubaud, Gerhard Rühm, Barry Schwabsky, Nancy Spero, Mladen Stilinović, The Bow-Wow Shop/Michael Glover, UbuWeb, Agnès Varda, Franz West, Saul Williams and Cerith Wyn Evans. There is a long and vivid history of exchange between artists and poets. Guillaume Apollinaire made a literary connection to Cubism with his great work of ‘visual poetry’ Calligrammes: Poems of War and Peace 1913-1916. In the same period, Hugo Ball wrote the Dada Manifesto (1916), a movement in which the poet, essayist and performance artist Tristan Tzara was also closely involved. A decade later, in 1924, André Breton, the proponent of ‘automatic writing’, published La Révolution surréaliste (The Surrealist Revolution). In the 1950s, Abstract Expressionism was an art movement with strong creative connections with writing and poetry of the time, from the work of poets Frank O’Hara and John Ashbery to artist Robert Motherwell’s influential essays on the New York School. Later, in the 1960s, the international artistic network Fluxus formed innumerable close links between visual art and the written word. The Poetry Marathon revitalises this historical link between the worlds of art and poetry.
  • Serpentine Gallery Park Nights 2009: The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion operates as a public space and as a venue for Park Nights and the Marathon series, the Gallery’s high-profile programme of public talks and events. In 2009, events included: Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA Talk, Saturday 11 July 2009; Alexander Kluge, Friday 24 July 2009; Giles Round and Mark Aerial Waller, Kafe Pittoresk: l’expérience du monde visionnaire, Friday 14 August 2009.
  • Further Information: <a href="http://www.sanaa.co.jp/">Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA</a>
  • Acknowledgements: Architectural Design Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa Design Team: SANAA Sam Chermayeff Lucy Styles Structural Engineering: Arup Cecil Balmond Ed Clark Toby Clark James Danegreen Christian Derks Anthony Ferguson David Glover Dane Green Duncan Hollis Mitsuhiro Kanada Jeff Shaw Duncan Steel Project and Construction Management: Mace Arsenio Cruz Garet Estensen Sheraz Khawar Gareth Lewis Steve Pycroft Philip Solomon David Tosh Project Directors: Serpentine Gallery Julia Peyton-Jones with Hans Ulrich Obrist Project Leader: Serpentine Gallery Julie Burnell Project Curator: Serpentine Gallery Rebecca Morrill Sophie O’Brien Project Advisors Lord Palumbo, Chairman, Serpentine Board of Trustees Zaha Hadid, Architect, Serpentine Board of Trustees Peter Rogers, Director, Stanhope Mark Camley, Chief Executive, Royal Parks Agency Simon Betts, Estate Manager, Royal Parks Agency Tom Jarvis, Park Superintendent, Kensington Gardens, Royal Parks Agency Charles Vaton, Westminster City Council District Surveyor’s Office (Building Control) Jenny Wilson, Westminster City Council (Licensing Authority) Westminster City Council Planning Office London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority London Region, English Heritage Friends of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens Contractors Ainscough Crane Hire Ltd Asysco Davis Langdon LLP DP9 Elliott Thomas Ethos Recycling Fermob Floorscreed Ltd Flos Graphic Image Solutions Ltd Graphic Thought Facility GTL Partnership Ltd Hasmead Plc HTC J Coffey John Doyle Group Knight Frank Language of Form Le Petit Jardin Lend Lease Projects Mint Nextmaruni Omni Colour Perspex Distribution Ltd Phoenix Electrical Company Ltd Ronacrete SES Stage One Swift Horseman Group Ltd Vitra We-ef Weil, Gotshal & Manges Wingate Electrical Plc Sponsor Netjets Advisors Arup Stanhope
  • Type: Architecture
  • External Link: Serpentine Gallery

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